Tigers hosting top talent for spring game

Tigers hosting top talent for spring game

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Tigers hosting top talent for spring game

Top talent, including a few of Clemson’s top targets in this cycle, will travel to Tigertown for the annual Orange and White spring game on Saturday.

The guests will be treated to a good atmosphere inside Death Valley as the defending national champions play in front of fans for the first time since winning the title in January. They will also get to see the national championship ring ceremony at halftime of the exhibition as well as tour the new football facility.

Headlining the visitors list is Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy five-star defensive end Xavier Thomas, who will make the trip with Clemson four-star linebacker commitment Mike Jones. The teammates most recently visited Clemson last month with a tour group from IMG and also attended the Tigers’ elite junior day in January.

Cartersville (Ga.) Clemson five-star quarterback commit Trevor Lawrence is expected to be on campus, as well. Lawrence was also present for January’s junior day. Richburg (S.C.) Lewisville four-star defensive tackle Josh Belk, who committed to Clemson during the January junior day, Snellville (Ga.) South Gwinnett four-star defensive end Justin Mascoll, Clemson’s most recent commitment, and Central (S.C.) Daniel four-star linebacker Jake Venables will be on hand too.

Covington (Ga.) Newton four-star defensive tackle and Clemson priority target Darnell Jefferies will make his fourth visit to Clemson since the beginning of March. The Tigers offered him during his first-ever visit for junior day on March 4.

Pensacola (Fla.) Pine Forest four-star wide receiver Jacob Copeland is slated to be in attendance. It would mark his first visit since he competed in the Dabo Swinney Camp last June.

Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County five-star running back Zamir White could be on campus. A source close to the prospect told TCI that he and his coach are trying to get him on campus, but they are still working on arrangements per the source. White last visited for the Louisville game in October — if he is able to make the trip, Clemson would have the top three overall prospects in the 2018 class on campus for the spring game in Lawrence, Thomas and White, respectively.

Seneca (S.C.) tight end Braden Galloway, who got an offer from Clemson yesterday evening during a visit, will be back.

Gaffney (S.C.) wide receiver Dennis Smith told us on Sunday that he would take his second visit to Clemson in as many months for the spring game after visiting for the junior day in March and adding an offer from the Tigers, but has changed plans and opted to see Florida State’s spring game this weekend instead.

A number of promising 2019 prospects are penciled in for the game.

Hogansville (Ga.) Callaway offensive lineman Keiondre Jones, the nation’s No. 1-ranked offensive guard in the class, is set for his first visit since the N.C. State game last October.

Hialeah (Fla.) Mater Academy linebacker Mikel Jones will experience Clemson for the first time after receiving his first offer from Clemson last May.

Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes running back Travis Tisdale, who picked up his first offer from LSU in February, will be there. So will Buford (Ga.) offensive linemen Harry Miller and Riley Simonds, and Forest City (N.C.) East Rutherford teammates Demetrius Mauney (running back) and Jadacus Logan (defensive tackle). Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe kicker B.T. Potter, who attended Clemson’s junior day last month, will return Saturday.

Knoxville (Tenn.) Knoxville Catholic 2020 offensive tackle Bryn Tucker, a former teammate of 2017 Clemson signee Amari Rodgers, will make his first visit. He already owns offers from Alabama, Louisville, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Tennessee.

Per usual, guest lists are fluid and could have last-minute changes. But TCI has confirmed that the aforementioned prospects are planning to be in attendance.

As always, we will provide updates with any changes or new additions to the list.

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